Gothic: Intersections of Art and Literature in the Johnson Collection
Allen Poe’s haunting tale of The Gold Bug (1843) to Flannery
O'Connor’s biting short story “Good Country People” (1955), the Southern
Gothic literary tradition has exhumed the American South’s aberrations,
contradictions, and unique sense of dark humor. Drawing exclusively
from the Johnson Collection, Southern Gothic examines how
nineteenth-and twentieth-century artists borrowed from their literary
peers, using a potent visual language to address the tensions between the
South’s idyllic visions and its historical realities.This exhibition is
guest curated by Elizabeth Driscoll Smith, a Ph.D. candidate from the
University California, Santa Barbara, and the Johnson Collection’s 2019
September 3 –
December 14, 2019
Family Art Museum (upper level)Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 1 - 5 p.m.
Thursdays - 1 - 9 p.m.
Exhibit closed on Sunday and Monday